Ice cream sandwich

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Ice cream sandwich
TypeIce cream
Main ingredientsIce cream and cookies

An ice cream sandwich is a frozen dessert consisting of ice cream between two biscuits, skins, or cookies.


Within Australia, popular brands are "Giant Sandwich" (blue and pink wrapper), and "Monaco Bar" (gold and black metallic wrapper) in the Eastern states. Other brands include Streets "Cookie", "Maxibon" (with one-half ice cream sandwich) and "Maxibon Cookie", and "Pat and Stick's Homemade Range" (recognizable by its circular shape). Additional brands "Indulge" and "Feast" have also become popular.[1]

Ice cream sandwiches were formerly known as a "cream between". One purchased a small block of ice cream wrapped in paper and placed it between two wafers.


Classic Iranian bread-ice cream

The usual Iranian ice cream sandwich is called bastani naani (بستنی نانی) meaning "bread-ice cream", and is made with Iranian traditional ice cream between two wafers.[2]

North America[edit]

The earliest mention of ice cream sandwiches in North America come in 1899. Street vendors in New York previously sold slabs of ice cream between sheets of paper, called "hokey pokeys", until someone had the idea of using cookies instead.[3] Photos from the Jersey Shore circa 1905 show ice cream sandwiches being sold at 1¢ each.[4] The earliest US patent having to do with ice cream sandwiches (No. 1,387,613) is by Russell H. Proper for an "Ice Cream Sandwich Machine" in 1921.[5] A Chipwich, where ice cream (usually vanilla) is sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies, is also popular.

A "National Ice Cream Sandwich Day" is set for August 2,[3] and has been celebrated since at least 2005.[6]


In Israel, ice cream sandwiches are commonly known as "kasata" (קסטה). Though the name comes from the Italian cassata, the dessert itself has little to do with Italian cassata, and usually consists of two thick biscuits holding a mix of block of vanilla and chocolate flavored ice cream.


Ice cream sandwich

Local ice cream sellers/peddlers with their pushcarts that travel around cities sometimes offer ice cream sandwiches with pandesal as the bread.


Wafer ice cream is popular in Singapore. It is one of the types of potong (cut) ice cream, so named because the servings are sliced from a large bar of ice cream. Wafer ice cream consists of two wafers holding together a rectangular block of ice cream. Wafer ice cream evolved from the older 'ice potong' type, which is a rectangular prism of ice cream mounted on a wooden stick. Many customers complained that the ice potong would easily melt and fall off the stick, leading to the introduction of the wafers for better grip. Vendors are commonly found along Orchard Road and Chinatown and outside schools.[7] A colloquial term for it is "pia ice cream", which translates to "biscuit ice cream" in the Hokkien dialect.

Common flavours offered include peppermint, chocolate chip, durian,[8] ripple, red bean, yam, sweet corn, honeydew, and chocolate.

Wafer ice cream vendors also sell the same blocks of ice cream on slices of multicolored bread,[8] on cones or in cups instead of sandwiched between wafers.

Catering companies in Singapore also send ice cream sandwich carts for functions.[7]

United Kingdom[edit]

In the United Kingdom, an ice cream wafer, consisting of a small block of ice cream between two rectangular wafer biscuits, was a popular alternative to a cone up until the 1980s. Since then it has declined and is now rarely seen.[citation needed] A "nougat wafer" was also available, consisting of a layer of nougat sandwiched between two wafers and coated with chocolate around the edges. Typically a vanilla block (or a layer of soft-serve) sandwiched between one plain wafer and one chocolate-covered nougat one. Nougat wafers came in double or triple varieties, depending on the number of nougat wafers in the construction.


A neapolitan ice cream sandwich prepared with wafers

In Ireland they are known as "sliders" or an ice cream wafer, and are usually served as vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two rectangular chocolate wafers. A "double nougat" is ice cream sandwiched between two nougat wafers. The wafers are not covered in chocolate, only the edges.


In Germany, ice cream sandwiches are made with two wafers and the three flavour combination called Fürst-Pückler-Eis, elsewhere known as Neapolitan ice cream. It is based on a recipe introduced in 1839 by the cook of a German nobleman, Prince Hermann Ludwig Heinrich von Pückler-Muskau.


In Uruguay, an ice cream sandwich (sánguche helado) or triple sandwich (sánguche triple) is typically a neapolitan ice cream (helado triple) sandwich prepared with wafers such as the one in the image.


In Vietnam, an ice cream sandwich called bánh mì kẹp kem is commonly sold on the street as a snack. It consists of scoops of ice cream stuffed inside a bánh mì, topped with crushed peanuts.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Taffel, Jacqui (February 7, 2006). "Ice little earner". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on August 15, 2010. Retrieved April 2, 2021.
  2. ^ بستنی سنتی زعفرانی (in Persian). iranchef. Archived from the original on 25 October 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  3. ^ a b Devra First, "Birth of the cool: The story behind the ice cream sandwich, an icon at 120", Boston Globe, July 30, 2019
  4. ^ "Endless Summer: 1905 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive". Retrieved 2012-09-20.
  5. ^ "Patent Images". United States Patent and Trademark Office. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  6. ^ Norman Kolpas, Practically Useless Information on Food and Drink, ISBN 1418553891
  7. ^ a b "We spoke to 3 ice cream uncles. Here are their stories". Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  8. ^ a b admin (2017-04-27). "The Singaporean Ice Cream Sandwich". Singapore Travellers | Travel Guide. Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  9. ^ "Sài Gòn: Mua 'vé về tuổi thơ' với bánh mì kẹp kem siêu rẻ" [Saigon: Purchase a "ticket to childhood" with super-cheap ice cream sandwiches]. Trí Thức Trẻ (in Vietnamese). Hội Trí thức Khoa học và Công nghệ Trẻ Việt Nam. April 18, 2013. Retrieved March 25, 2014.

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